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Welcome to our Kitchen Design Gallery. It includes modern kitchens, traditional kitchens, painted kitchens and timber kitchens ... and I will add more pictures, as I get round to taking the photographs. Each section describes one kitchen, its design brief and how the design evolved. You will hopefully be able to find kitchen design ideas, in these case studies, and also tips for overcoming various - uhmm - challenges ... in your own kitchen designs.
To see more pictures of each kitchen, please click on either the thumbnail picture or the title. Click on further thumbnails to start a slide show of the pictures and use the pause button if you want to look at any one picture in more detail.
I hope you enjoy browsing
This kitchen is in a lovely little end of terrace house, near Bethnal Green and, like many terraced houses, the kitchen was small and narrow. When I went to visit, the owners, Rehana and Joseph, were already in the process of having an extension added, onto the back of the house. The extension had glazed doors, to a wonderful little walled garden - and also had a very splendid, partially vaulted, angled roof with three roof lights, letting light stream into that end of the kitchen.
Mick and Alison took advantage of my Bronze Kitchen Design Service, so I never met them, but Mick and I exchanged so many e-mails that I sort of feel I know him a little.
The kitchen in question is in Mick and Alison's Victorian end terrace cottage, which started life as a "two up two down" home - but which had already had a ground floor bathroom extension. They'd lived there for 25 years and the kitchen had been laid out in several different ways, during that time, but they wanted something a bit more convenient. One of their main requirements was a seating area in the kitchen because they were using a gate-leg table in the living room, with folding chairs, which had to be got out every time they wanted to use them.
... in an elegant pint pot of a flat. I've already written about this kitchen in Majjie's Blog - where I've included some "before" pictures - and I described how difficult the space was. It wasn't that the kitchen was particularly small (by UK small kitchen standards) but it needed to double as a dining area; it also had a sloping wall on one side ... because the flat is on the top floor of a London town house, tucked under a mansard roof ...
I don't normally put the "before" pictures in my kitchen design gallery but I've made an exception in this case because the original units, in this big farmhouse kitchen, were so typical of what a good quality farmhouse style kitchen used to look like. (In case you're wondering ... the before pictures are on the left!!)
This kitchen is in a lovely Victorian house, in the city of Nottingham. Owners, Jo and Steve, were keen to have a more modern look and also needed a lot more storage space. What they didn't have, though, was a big budget to play with.
The answer was to use IKEA units, which are very reasonably priced ... but they asked me for help with the design. I suggested also using IKEA's bespoke, edged laminate worktops. That gave me much more scope to be adventurous with the design and use some interesting worktop shapes.
This house and kitchen are situated in Turnditch (between Belper and Ashbourne) and the views, out over the Debyshire countryside, are absolutely stunning.
Owners Duncan and Jacquie already knew that they wanted to extend the kitchen into the old pantry and rear entrance hall - and they wanted to alter the windows, to make the most of those views. Further internal alterations would result in a separate area, adjoining the kitchen, with a sofa and a tv ... a real living kitchen, but with rather an odd shape.
Sorry, the title sounds as if I'm fed up with traditional painted kitchens, whereas in fact I love them. Off white or cream painted furniture brightens up a room to such a huge degree, especially compared to the pine or oak finishes that are often thought to be more in keeping for traditional kitchens.
The original kitchen in this lovely house in Gloucester was truly tiny. By the time I went to measure the kitchen it had already been extended but the new room is long and narrow ... with double doors out into the conservatory.
The new kitchen was to be more of a sociable space, to include a fairly large table and, hopefully, a range cooker ... but the working areas of the kitchen really needed to be confined to the same tiny space as taken up by the original kitchen.
Just a couple of quick pictures to show you one of the advantages of having a bespoke kitchen made for you.
This is a pippy oak kitchen and the owners wanted a canopy extractor. They weren't sure of the style they wanted, only that it shouldn't look like the in-line fitted canopies that come with standard fitted kitchens.
Once I'd come up with a sketch that they liked, Steve DeVille of Deville Interiors transformed it into reality (Oh ... and he also made all of the doors too!).